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Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrade 0530-0546 KW22-2012

Firmware Changes

Version 0530/0546 – production (from week) KW22/2012
(any MDI’s produced or fitted in the factory from week 22 2012 onwards should have this version fitted out of the factory)

General Notes

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for general information on the firmware updates including restrictions, file formats and connectivity.

Firmware is for units with a software version of 0530 or greater, if firmware is unable to be updated or you have already flashed this version it will not load.

  • Download the firmware from one of the links below.
  • Extract the file using your preferred ZIP or RAR tool.
  • Copy the file mdi.bin.enc in the root (top) level of a USB flash drive and insert this into the USB cable.
  • Turn the headunit on or start the car and the update will proceed. If the MDI is selected the status will be displayed.
  • After around 1 minute the update will complete and the USB flash drive may be removed.

VW MDI 0530 KW22/2012 Firmware – Not AVAILABLE – 0530 is the only firmware for the updated hardware. If you have the updated hardware it already has 0530 loaded and there is no newer version at this time.

Possible Error Messages during the update process

  • Update with older version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is older than the software version on the MDI.
  • Update on the same version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is the same as the software version on the MDI.
  • Update file is corrupted or damaged
    • Re download the file and start again
  • Multiple update files found
    • There are multiple update files in the root of the USB flash drive, delete the older versions and start again.
  • Update was terminated
    • An error has occured in the update, start again.

 

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrade 0240 KW22-2011

Firmware Changes

Version 0240 – production (from week) KW22/2011
(any MDI’s produced or fitted in the factory from week 22 2011 until week 21 2012 should have this version fitted out of the factory)

General Notes

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for general information on the firmware updates including restrictions, file formats and connectivity.

Firmware is for units with a software version of 0090 or greater, if firmware is unable to be updated or you have already flashed this version it will not load.

  • Download the firmware from the links below.
  • Extract the file using your preferred ZIP or RAR tool.
  • Copy the file mdi.bin.enc in the root (top) level of a USB flash drive and insert this into the USB cable.
  • Turn the headunit on or start the car and the update will proceed. If the MDI is selected the status will be displayed.
  • After around 1 minute the update will complete and the USB flash drive may be removed.

VW MDI 0240 KW22/2011 Firmware – RAR

VW MDI 0240 KW22/2011 Firmware – ZIP

Possible Error Messages during the update process

  • Update with older version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is older than the software version on the MDI.
  • Update on the same version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is the same as the software version on the MDI.
  • Update file is corrupted or damaged
    • Re download the file and start again
  • Multiple update files found
    • There are multiple update files in the root of the USB flash drive, delete the older versions and start again.
  • Update was terminated
    • An error has occurred in the update, start again.

USB Memory Sticks and Hard Drives

coming soon

Portable Music Players

coming soon

Known Characteristics of Devices

coming soon

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades

Firmware upgrades to the Media Device Interface (MDI) are performed using the USB cable and a suitable USB storage device, the upgrade cannot be performed using the iPod/iPhone cable. Detailed instructions and possible error messages are detailed on the firmware version update pages.

Firmware Versions

MDI 0530-0546 KW22-2012 (this is only for vehicles produced from week 22 of 2012 – it will not install on older versions of hardware)

MDI 0240 KW22-2011

MDI 0150 KW45-2010

MDI 0111 KW22-2010

MDI 0090 KW33-2009

General Notes (for all versions)

  • Only USB 2.0 hard drive and usb flash drives  should be attached to the USB cable.
  • No USB cable extenders should be used, only a USB cable or a USB powered hub.
  • The hard drive and flash drives should be formatted with the FAT file system FAT16 for <2GB devices and FAT32 for >2GB devices.
  • Complex file structures will create delays in reading the contents.
  • Only the first partition is playable if the device has multiple partitions.
  • Memory card adapters are not supported.
  • MP3, WMA, OOG Vorbis and AAC format files are supported, 3GP and WMA lossless files are not supported. WMA files that are DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected will not play.
  • Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3’s will not show time remaining.
  • DRM protected M4P and similar files will not generally play back from mass storage (USB).
  • PLS, B4S, ASX and WPL playlists are supported.
  • Playlists must reside in the same directory as the media file.
  • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol – displaying the logo ‘PlaysForSure’ and ‘ReadyForVista’) may take several minutes to start playing as they request information such as battery status and memory usage from the MDI.
  • Devices can be hot plugged at any time without loss of data.
  • The Interface provides 5V for charging (standard USB)
  • Folder structure should not exceed 8 folder levels and folders should contain no more than 1000 files.
  • The Apple iPod and iPhone should only be connected with the iPod cable with the exception of the iPod Shuffle which can connect through the USB cable.

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrade 0150 KW45-2010

Firmware Changes

Version 0150 – production (from week) KW45/2010 (launched KW45/10)
(any MDI’s produced or fitted in the factory from week 45 2010 onwards should have this version fitted out of the factory)

General Notes

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for general information on the firmware updates including restrictions, file formats and connectivity.

Firmware is for units with a software version of 0090 or greater, if firmware is unable to be updated or you have already flashed this version it will not load.

  • Download the firmware from one of the links below.
  • Extract the file using your preferred ZIP or RAR tool.
  • Copy the file mdi.bin.enc in the root (top) level of a USB flash drive and insert this into the USB cable.
  • Turn the headunit on or start the car and the update will proceed. If the MDI is selected the status will be displayed.
  • After around 1 minute the update will complete and the USB flash drive may be removed.

VW MDI 0150 KW22/2011 Firmware – Firmware not available at present, if you have this version please contact me.

Possible Error Messages during the update process

  • Update with older version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is older than the software version on the MDI.
  • Update on the same version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is the same as the software version on the MDI.
  • Update file is corrupted or damaged
    • Re download the file and start again
  • Multiple update files found
    • There are multiple update files in the root of the USB flash drive, delete the older versions and start again.
  • Update was terminated
    • An error has occurred in the update, start again.

USB Memory Sticks and Hard Drives

ManufacturerModelCapacityComments
Acer128 MB, 1 GB
Apacer2 GB, 4 GB8 GB may not work correctly
BufalloHD-PS500U2 Ministation Turbo USB500 GBFormatted hard drive
CN MemorySD-Card2 GB
Blue Pearl128 MB
CorsairFlash Voyager Mini4 GB
Voyager8 GB, 16 GB
Flash Voyager32 GB
Dane-EleczLight1 GB, 4 GB
zMatePen1 GB
EmtecFlashdrive1 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
HamaFlash Pen Nizza16 GB
Icy BoxPortable Hard Drive60 GBFormatted hard drive
InovixIMP-651 GB
KingstonU3 Data1 GB
Data Traveler2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 32 GB
Data Traveler 22 GB, 32 GB
LacieLittle Disk 2,5 HDD500 GBFormatted hard drive
ItsaKey8 GB, 16 GB
LexarJump Drive1 GB
LG128 MB, 2 GB
USB Drive1 GB
X-Tick2 GB, 4 GBMay not work correctly
MaxfieldBlackline512 MB
My FlashA-data1 GB, 8 GB
OCZThrottle eSata Drive32 GBConnection via mini USB
PhilipsUSB Flash drive8 GB
PNYAttache Premium32 GB
Pretec256 MB, 4 GB
QimondaMemory1 GB
RidataEZ Drive2 GB, 4 GB
SamsungMighty Drive4 GB1 GB und 2 GB may not work correctly
S1 Mini120 GBFormatted hard drive
S2 Portable320 GBFormatted hard drive
SanDiskCruzer2 GB, 4 GB
Extreme Cruzer Contour8 GB
Ultra Backup16 GB
Sharkoon4 GB
Sony1 GB
Micro Vault4 GB
Sungoo2 GB
takeMSMEM-Drive Mini Metal4 GB, 8 GB
TranscendJetFlash512 MB
JetFlash 1204 GB
StoreJet 25 mobile250 GBFormatted hard drive
JetFlash V204 GB
JetFlash V304 GB
JetFlash V358 GB
Trekstor128 MB
DataStation pocket x.u80 GBFormatted hard drive
WoxterPocket X-Div Disco Duro 2,5"60 GB
VerbatimStore’n’Go4 GB, 8 GB

Portable Music Players

ManufacturerModelLatest Firmware CheckedCapacityComments
AiptekMP-1003256 MB
AppleiPod Mini1.4.14 GB, 6 GB
iPod Shuffle 1G, 2G, 3G1.11 GB, 2 GB, 4 GBThere can be no copy-protected files (eg ". M4p" files through it).
iPod Nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G1.0.31 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
iPod 4G3.1.120 GB, 30 GB, 60 GB
iPod Video 5G1.330 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB
iPod Classic 6G, 6.5G1.1.280 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB
iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G4.18 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4G4.18 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
ArchosGemini 1041.2.054 GBOnly in disk mode
1064 GB
AV 5001.5.1330 GBOnly in disk mode
CowoniAudio71.164 GB, 16 GBMTP-Player
iAudio U51.134 GBMTP-Player
S92.088 GBMTP-Player
CreativeZenV01.21.01.E16 GB, 30 GBMTP-Player
Zen X-Fi1.03.0132 GBMTP-Player
Zen Stone Plus2 GB
Energy SystemLunnatic 3600 DuoV2.611.1022 GB
EU3CInfinity M25010.01.024 GB
iRiverClix1.152 GB, 4 GBMTP-Player
MPIOFY90001.00.00198 GB
OdysMP X10i4 GB
MP5 X601.004 GB
MP X66 Neo2.28 GB
OlympusM:robe2.125 GB
PhilipsGoGear1 GB
GoGear Spark2.742 GB
RokRugby256 MB
SamsungYH-925 GSV1.59ET20 GB
YP K33.052 GBMTP-Player
YP-P21.208 GBMTP-Player
YP-T101.298 GBMTP-Player
SanDiskSansa ClipV02.01.16A1 GB, 2 GBMTP-Player, V01.01.18E und V01.01.29F do not function
Sansa FuzeV01.01.11F2 GBMTP-Player
Sansa e250V01.02.18E2 GBMTP-Player
Sansa e280V03.01.11E, V01.02.18F8 GBMTP-Player
Sansa ViewV01.01.06F16 GBMTP-Player, Player must be powered on manually
SonyWalkman NWZ-E436FV1.024 GBMTP-Player
Walkman NWZ-A8261.012 GBMTP-Player
Walkman NWZ-S618F2 GB
StormBlue
TeacMP-2882 GB
TensionWeb Radio USB1.02Online connection and data streams depend on the mobile phone used and the service provider. Data costs apply to use of the service.
TranscendT.sonic 8401.618 GB
TrekstoriBeat censo FM2 GB
Pocket X.u80 GB
WatsonMP3 184-64 GB
YakumoHypersound XD256 MB

Known Characteristics of Devices

ManufacturerModelKeywordDescription
Apple3rd Gen iPodPowerThe 3rd Gen iPod. MEDIA-IN can not be supplied with power via the interface. If the battery of the iPod is empty, it must be charged an external power supply.
iPod/iPhonePowerIf the battery is discharged of a connected device, you first have a basic charge established before the device is detected. So it can not be used immediately after being plugged in.
PowerIn some cases, the iPod does not recognize that he should charge to change. As a result, the iPod turns off after two minutes into break. In this case, the interface of the newly separated and are connected iPod.
General FunctionVarious iPod models or software versions (firmware levels) can have a different behaviour.
Volume AdjustmentThe volume from the iPod / iPhone, the AUX-level on the radio or radio navigation system also be lowered or raised above. If it comes to noise, the level setting to be adjusted.
BrowseAfter a device is connected, the browser-mode current track jumps are not. The necessary information is not available. It was only after a title on the browser is selected, this feature can be used. Please keep in mind that an engine start plugging an appliance here technically equivalent.
MixWhen you open the file browser in the mix mode, it does not jump to the current track. Only after disabling this feature is mix available again.
Repeat TitleVarious iPod models or software versions (firmware levels) result in the function "Repeat Title" from mistakes.
SpoolSome Apple products, it is not possible in the previous track coils (to vendor-specific behaviour).
Title informationSome devices provide no information sporadically track changes. In consequence of this title information with a title change is not updated.
PlaylistsThrough the library structure on Apple devices, functions that relate to a folder structure, not run as expected.
ScanIf only one title of the play list included in, the scan function is not available.
SortingOn some models, the song lists are sorted alphabetically by the iPod / iPhone not transmitted.
Interruption of the remote controlIf the music iPod / iPhone interrupted by, for example a telephone call on the speakerphone or a source of change can come through it to the iPod / iPhone to more then not remote control responding. In this case disconnect the device from the multimedia interface MEDIA-IN and connect it again.
Audio interruption when playing uninterrupted albums
Even with a marked disruption songs can change the song to audio interruptions occur. Reason is the lack of processing mechanisms of the iPod when connected to accessories.
iPhoneIncoming calls / Web searchWill the Apple iPhone on the MEDIA-IN port operated, there may be noise coming during an incoming call or for web search.
Error MessageThe message "This accessory was not designed for use with an iPhone" can be ignored.
Distorted audioIs an Apple iPhone to the MDI is connected and used as a phone (incoming or outgoing calls) so it can be temporarily distorted by the Apple iPhone get audio playback. This can be corrected in the the link with the MEDIA-IN for the Apple iPhone during the flight mode (Airplane Mode) enable.
Sound reproductionIn rare cases, the music from the iPhone 2G (1st Generation) for 2 to 3 seconds distorted and played with crackling sounds. This can not be made to the settings of the vehicle environment are influenced by change.
Lack of soundIt may happen occasionally that an iPhone 3G/3GS the first ground the MEDIA-IN port outputs no sound after. The iPhone sound starts again only when the connection is interrupted briefly and new iPhone is made for.
iPod TouchSkipIf using an iPod touch in the song a title jump (Skip Backward) performed backwards, then the iPod Touch still jumps to the previous track. Other devices to jump from the third play second hand-always back to the beginning of the song.
SanDiskSansa ViewPlayer must be turned on in order to be recognized-IN MEDIA is from.
PhilipsGoGear SparkPlayPlayer always starts with the first track on.
AllAllFirmware levelsDifferent software versions (firmware levels) may have a different behavior.
Mobile Telephone PreparationA player should not be connected at the same time with Bluetooth and MDI.

Formatting USB hard and flash drives for use with the Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI)

The Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) requires external hard or flash drives to have a FAT16 filesystem for under 2GB sized media or a FAT32 filesystem for over 2GB media. See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Specifications for the details.

Windows won’t allow you to create a FAT32 filesystem over 32GB but it can be performed using a tool like fat32format (they have a GUI and command line version) which will allow to format a drive up to 2TB.

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrade 0111 KW22-2010

Firmware Changes

Version 0111 – production (from week) KW22/2010
(any MDI’s produced or fitted in the factory from week 22 2010 onwards should have this version fitted out of the factory)

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for the latest version.

General Notes

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for general information on the firmware updates including restrictions, file formats and connectivity.

Firmware is for units with a software version of 0090 or greater, if firmware is unable to be updated or you have already flashed this version it will not load.

  • Download the firmware from one of the links below.
  • Extract the file using your preferred ZIP or RAR tool.
  • Copy the file mdi.bin.enc in the root (top) level of a USB flash drive and insert this into the USB cable.
  • Turn the headunit on or start the car and the update will proceed. If the MDI is selected the status will be displayed.
  • After around 1 minute the update will complete and the USB flash drive may be removed.

VW MDI 0111 KW22-2010 Firmware – RAR

VW MDI 0111 KW22-2010 Firmware – ZIP

Possible Error Messages during the update process

  • Update with older version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is older than the software version on the MDI.
  • Update on the same version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is the same as the software version on the MDI.
  • Update file is corrupted or damaged
    • Re download the file and start again
  • Multiple update files found
    • There are multiple update files in the root of the USB flash drive, delete the older versions and start again.
  • Update was terminated
    • An error has occurred in the update, start again.

USB Memory Sticks and Hard Drives

ManufacturerModelCapacityComments
Acer128 MB, 1 GB
Apacer2 GB, 4 GB8 GB may not work correctly
BufalloHD-PS500U2 Ministation Turbo USB500 GBFormatted hard drive
CN MemorySD-Card2 GB
Blue Pearl128 MB
CorsairFlash Voyager Mini4 GB
Voyager8 GB, 16 GB
Flash Voyager32 GB
Dane-EleczLight1 GB, 4 GB
zMatePen1 GB
EmtecFlashdrive1 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
HamaFlash Pen Nizza16 GB
Icy BoxPortable Hard Drive60 GBFormatted hard drive
InovixIMP-651 GB
KingstonU3 Data1 GB
Data Traveler2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 32 GB
Data Traveler 22 GB, 32 GB
LacieLittle Disk 2,5 HDD500 GBFormatted hard drive
ItsaKey8 GB, 16 GB
LexarJump Drive1 GB
LG128 MB, 2 GB
USB Drive1 GB
X-Tick2 GB, 4 GBMay not work correctly
MaxfieldBlackline512 MB
My FlashA-data1 GB, 8 GB
OCZThrottle eSata Drive32 GBConnection via mini USB
PhilipsUSB Flash drive8 GB
PNYAttache Premium32 GB
Pretec256 MB, 4 GB
QimondaMemory1 GB
RidataEZ Drive2 GB, 4 GB
SamsungMighty Drive4 GB1 GB und 2 GB may not work correctly
S1 Mini120 GBFormatted hard drive
S2 Portable320 GBFormatted hard drive
SanDiskCruzer2 GB, 4 GB
Extreme Cruzer Contour8 GB
Ultra Backup16 GB
Sharkoon4 GB
Sony1 GB
Micro Vault4 GB
Sungoo2 GB
takeMSMEM-Drive Mini Metal4 GB, 8 GB
TranscendJetFlash512 MB
JetFlash 1204 GB
StoreJet 25 mobile250 GBFormatted hard drive
JetFlash V204 GB
JetFlash V304 GB
JetFlash V358 GB
Trekstor128 MB
DataStation pocket x.u80 GBFormatted hard drive
WoxterPocket X-Div Disco Duro 2,5"60 GB
VerbatimStore’n’Go4 GB, 8 GB

Portable Music Players

ManufacturerModelLatest Firmware CheckedCapacityComments
AiptekMP-1003256 MB
AppleiPod Mini1.4.14 GB, 6 GB
iPod Shuffle 1G, 2G, 3G1.11 GB, 2 GB, 4 GBThere can be no copy-protected files (eg ". M4p" files through it).
iPod Nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G1.0.31 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
iPod 4G3.1.120 GB, 30 GB, 60 GB
iPod Video 5G1.330 GB, 60 GB, 80 GB
iPod Classic 6G, 6.5G1.1.280 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB
iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G3.1.38 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS3.1.38 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
ArchosGemini 1041.2.054 GBOnly in disk mode
1064 GB
AV 5001.5.1330 GBOnly in disk mode
CowoniAudio71.164 GB, 16 GBMTP-Player
iAudio U51.134 GBMTP-Player
S92.088 GBMTP-Player
CreativeZenV01.21.01.E16 GB, 30 GBMTP-Player
Zen X-Fi1.03.0132 GBMTP-Player
Zen Stone Plus2 GB
Energy SystemLunnatic 3600 DuoV2.611.1022 GB
EU3CInfinity M25010.01.024 GB
iRiverClix1.152 GB, 4 GBMTP-Player
MPIOFY90001.00.00198 GB
OdysMP X10i4 GB
MP5 X601.004 GB
MP X66 Neo2.28 GB
OlympusM:robe2.125 GB
PhilipsGoGear1 GB
GoGear Spark2.742 GB
RokRugby256 MB
SamsungYH-925 GSV1.59ET20 GB
YP K33.052 GBMTP-Player
YP-P21.208 GBMTP-Player
YP-T101.298 GBMTP-Player
SanDiskSansa ClipV02.01.16A1 GB, 2 GBMTP-Player, V01.01.18E und V01.01.29F do not function
Sansa FuzeV01.01.11F2 GBMTP-Player
Sansa e250V01.02.18E2 GBMTP-Player
Sansa e280V03.01.11E, V01.02.18F8 GBMTP-Player
Sansa ViewV01.01.06F16 GBMTP-Player, Player must be powered on manually
SonyWalkman NWZ-E436FV1.024 GBMTP-Player
Walkman NWZ-A8261.012 GBMTP-Player
Walkman NWZ-S618F2 GB
StormBlue
TeacMP-2882 GB
TranscendT.sonic 8401.618 GB
TrekstoriBeat censo FM2 GB
Pocket X.u80 GB
WatsonMP3 184-64 GB
YakumoHypersound XD256 MB

Known Characteristics of Devices

ManufacturerModelKeywordDescription
Apple3rd Gen iPodPowerThe 3rd Gen iPod. MEDIA-IN can not be supplied with power via the interface. If the battery of the iPod is empty, it must be charged an external power supply.
iPod/iPhonePowerIf the battery is discharged of a connected device, you first have a basic charge established before the device is detected. So it can not be used immediately after being plugged in.
PowerIn some cases, the iPod does not recognize that he should charge to change. As a result, the iPod turns off after two minutes into break. In this case, the interface of the newly separated and are connected iPod.
General FunctionVarious iPod models or software versions (firmware levels) can have a different behaviour.
Volume AdjustmentThe volume from the iPod / iPhone, the AUX-level on the radio or radio navigation system also be lowered or raised above. If it comes to noise, the level setting to be adjusted.
BrowseAfter a device is connected, the browser-mode current track jumps are not. The necessary information is not available. It was only after a title on the browser is selected, this feature can be used. Please keep in mind that an engine start plugging an appliance here technically equivalent.
MixWhen you open the file browser in the mix mode, it does not jump to the current track. Only after disabling this feature is mix available again.
Repeat TitleVarious iPod models or software versions (firmware levels) result in the function "Repeat Title" from mistakes.
SpoolSome Apple products, it is not possible in the previous track coils (to vendor-specific behaviour).
Title informationSome devices provide no information sporadically track changes. In consequence of this title information with a title change is not updated.
PlaylistsThrough the library structure on Apple devices, functions that relate to a folder structure, not run as expected.
ScanIf only one title of the play list included in, the scan function is not available.
SortingOn some models, the song lists are sorted alphabetically by the iPod / iPhone not transmitted.
Interruption of the remote controlIf the music iPod / iPhone interrupted by, for example a telephone call on the speakerphone or a source of change can come through it to the iPod / iPhone to more then not remote control responding. In this case disconnect the device from the multimedia interface MEDIA-IN and connect it again.
Audio interruption when playing uninterrupted albums
Even with a marked disruption songs can change the song to audio interruptions occur. Reason is the lack of processing mechanisms of the iPod when connected to accessories.
iPhoneIncoming calls / Web searchWill the Apple iPhone on the MEDIA-IN port operated, there may be noise coming during an incoming call or for web search.
Error MessageThe message "This accessory was not designed for use with an iPhone" can be ignored.
Distorted audioIs an Apple iPhone to the MDI is connected and used as a phone (incoming or outgoing calls) so it can be temporarily distorted by the Apple iPhone get audio playback. This can be corrected in the the link with the MEDIA-IN for the Apple iPhone during the flight mode (Airplane Mode) enable.
Sound reproductionIn rare cases, the music from the iPhone 2G (1st Generation) for 2 to 3 seconds distorted and played with crackling sounds. This can not be made to the settings of the vehicle environment are influenced by change.
lack of soundIt may happen occasionally that an iPhone 3G/3GS the first ground the MEDIA-IN port outputs no sound after. The iPhone sound starts again only when the connection is interrupted briefly and new iPhone is made for.
iPod TouchSkipIf using an iPod touch in the song a title jump (Skip Backward) performed backwards, then the iPod Touch still jumps to the previous track. Other devices to jump from the third play second hand-always back to the beginning of the song.
SanDiskSansa ViewPlayer must be turned on in order to be recognized-IN MEDIA is from.
PhilipsGoGear SparkPlayPlayer always starts with the first track on.
allallFirmware levelsDifferent software versions (firmware levels) may have a different behavior.

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrade 0090 KW33-2009

Firmware Changes

Version 0090 – production (from week) KW33/2009
(any MDI’s produced or fitted in the factory from week 33 2009 onwards should have this version fitted out of the factory)

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for the latest version.

General Notes

See Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Firmware Upgrades for general information on the firmware updates including restrictions, file formats and connectivity.

Firmware is for units with a software version of 0090 or greater, if firmware is unable to be updated or you have already flashed this version it will not load.

  • Download the firmware from one of the links below.
  • Extract the file using your preferred ZIP or RAR tool.
  • Copy the file mdi.bin.enc in the root (top) level of a USB flash drive and insert this into the USB cable.
  • Turn the headunit on or start the car and the update will proceed. If the MDI is selected the status will be displayed.
  • After around 1 minute the update will complete and the USB flash drive may be removed.

VW MDI 0090 KW33-2009 Firmware – RAR

VW MDI 0090 KW33-2009 Firmware – ZIP

Possible Error Messages during the update process

  • Update with older version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is older than the software version on the MDI.
  • Update on the same version is not possible
    • The file on the USB flash drive is the same as the software version on the MDI.
  • Update file is corrupted or damaged
    • Re download the file and start again
  • Multiple update files found
    • There are multiple update files in the root of the USB flash drive, delete the older versions and start again.
  • Update was terminated
    • An error has occurred in the update, start again.

Build harness using connector housings and repair wires for Volkswagen Skoda Bluetooth Install

Whilst this guide is intended for the Volkswagen Skoda Bluetooth kit harness it applies to anything that requires interfacing to the quad lock connector on the rear of the head unit or that uses similar connectors around the car. This guide specifically for 2 x power connections and 2 x data connections.

The way this works is you remove the terminal from the housing, join that terminal to the matching terminal and insert the opposite terminal into the housing.

First you need to obtain the connector housings and repair wires.

  • 1 x 000 979 133 (000979133) – 1mm repair wire – CAN bus Hi and Lo female.
  • 1 x 000 979 134 (000979134) – 1mm repair wire – CAN bus Hi and Lo male.
  • 1 x 000 979 225 (000979225) – 2.5mm repair wire – 12v and ground female.
  • 1 x 000 979 226 (000979226) – 2.5mm repair wire – 12v and ground male.
  • 4 x 191 972 701 (191972701) – Housing
  • 4 x 191 972 711 (191972711) – Connector Housing
Alternatively you could replace the four housings and connector housings with a single housing and connector housing.
  • 1 x 1J0 972 704 (1J0972704)  – Housing
  • 1 x 191 972 714 (191972714) – Connector Housing

Step 1 – Cut the four repair wires in half, remove the insulation from the ends of all four and twist the exposed wire together. Do the same for the power and CAN bus wire. Join one male and one female repair wire half together (ensure that you join the 2.5mm female to the 2.5mm male) as shown and connect the ground wire to one and redo the step for the power wire.

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Step 2 – Solder each of the four repair wire halves and the two power wires from the harness as shown.

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Step 3 – Double the harness wire back on top of itself.

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Step 4 – Using heat shrink cover each soldered area as shown. Use a smaller length to cover the join and than place a longer length over the top to minimise the chances of any shorts.

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Step 5 – Repeat the last part of Step 1 with the 1mm repair wire and the CAN bus cable.

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Step 6 – Place a piece of coloured heatshrink on one male/female CAN bus set, ensure that these are connected to the same wire! This allows you to ensure that you have hooked this up correctly later on. Repeat for the power set of cables.

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Step 7 – This should be the finished result. Next tape it up using fabric adhesive tape – Fabric Adhesive Tape for wiring looms and harnesses

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Step 8 – Install the housings and connector housings on the exposed terminals.

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Step 9 – This is the finished harness ready for install.

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Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) USB Specifications

Overview of connectors on USB connection
1 –  Data in, (here output)
2 –  Data clock
3 –  Voltage supply, terminal 31
4 –  Data out (here input)
5 –  Not assigned
6 –  Voltage supply, terminal 30
7 –  LF audio signal, right, positive
8 –  Control line, positive, switched from radio
9 –  LF audio signal, negative
10 –  LF audio signal, left, positive
11 –  Not assigned
12 –  Not assigned

Overview of connectors on USB connection

mdi_usb_connector_N91-107911 –  Data in, (here output)
2 –  Data clock
3 –  Voltage supply, terminal 31
4 –  Data out (here input)
5 –  Not assigned
6 –  Voltage supply, terminal 30
7 –  LF audio signal, right, positive
8 –  Control line, positive, switched from radio
9 –  LF audio signal, negative
10 –  LF audio signal, left, positive
11 –  Not assigned
12 –  Not assigned

General notes

Thanks to the Multimedia control unit -J650- analogue (via AUX-IN entry) as well as digital (via USB or iPod entry) audio contents can be played via the radio unit or the radio navigation system. Units connected via USB or iPod connections can also be operated via the radio unit or the radio navigation system. ID3-TAG and titles also appear on the radio unit or radio navigation system displays.

Note! Since the display ability of ID3 tags and titles on the radio unit or radio navigation system displays depend on the type of audio files used, refer to the Owner’s Manual of the radio unit or radio navigation system and to the Owner’s Manual of your MP3 player or iPod.

The multimedia system control unit -J650- provides an audio input (AUX-IN), an USB input, and an iPod connection (power supply, signal and AUDIO-IN) as an interface. To connect the mobile unit to the USB or iPod interface of the multimedia system control unit -J650-, a relevant specific adapter cable is used. A storage compartment for mobile unit is integrated in the multimedia system control unit -J650-. Charging is possible via USB or iPod connection.

Note! If no 1DIN slot is available in the vehicle, the “multimedia system control unit” can also be installed separately. The user can although have access to the universal interface (Mitsumi socket) via a Mitsumi-Mitsumi extension. For this purpose, the Mitsumi socket must be integrated in the inside of the vehicle. Wire length of Mitsumi-Mitsumi extension must not exceed 1500 mm.

Volkswagen Media Device Interface (MDI) Retrofit

mdi_5n0057342Volkswagen have released a kit for retrofitting that is designed for mounting behind the dash and is a much more compact size then the original MDI that was designed for replacing a cd changer. The kit is around 40% cheaper but doesn’t include the USB cable as the previous kit did. This kit may not work on RNS 510’s built prior to February 1 2008, other information has this unit only working with B variants of the RNS 510. The firmware 1100 upgrades the unit to a B version so this should work with all units.

  • Module with extension cable and wiring loom: Part Number 5N0 057 342 (5N0057342)
  • Mini USB cable: Part Number 000 051 446 A (000051446A)
  • USB cable: Part Number 000 051 446 B  (000051446B)
  • iPOD cable: Part Number 000 051 446 C (000051446C)
  • 3.5mm cable: Part Number 000 051 446 D (000051446D)
  • Extension cable for MDI interface 000 051 447 (000051447)

The unit installs into the area behind the headunit and the extension cable is routed into the glovebox as shown below.

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The kit includes

  • Interface box
  • Wiring harness (this connects to the headunit)
  • Connecting line (this is the extension for the port that is run into the glovebox)
  • Earth wire
  • Fixing material
  • Installation instructions (see below for copy)

Compatability list (current as at February 2009 – from Volkswagen Germany)

  • 000051446A Adapter für Multimediabuchse Media-IN auf Mini-USB
  • 000051446B Adapter für Multimediabuchse Media-IN auf USB
  • 000051446C Adapter für Multimediabuchse Media-IN auf iPOD (Konzern)
  • 000051446D Adapter für Multimediabuchse Media-IN auf Klinke 3.5mm
  • 1K0057182AA MP3-Autoradio RCD510, Japan
  • 1K0057183 MP3-Autoradio RCD310, Japan
  • 1K0057186AA MP3-Autoradio RCD310
  • 1K0057186AB MP3-Autoradio
  • 1T0057680B Radio-Navigationssystem RNS510
  • 3C8057190 MP3-Autoradio
  • 3C8057190A MP3-Autoradio RCD510
  • 3C8057195 MP3-Autoradio RCD510
  • 3C8057195A MP3-Autoradio
  • 5M0057183 MP3-Autoradio RCD310, Japan
  • 5M0057186AA MP3-Autoradio RCD310
  • 5M0057186AB MP3-Autoradio
  • 7L6057680B Radio-Navigationssystem RNS510

Not Compatible list (current as at February 2009 – from Volkswagen Germany)

  • 1K0057195AA MP3-Autoradio RCD510
  • 1K0057195AB MP3-Autoradio RCD510
  • 1T0057680 Radio-Navigationssystem RNS510
  • 1T0057680A Radio-Navigationssystem RNS5
  • 10 7L6057680 Radio-Navigationssystem RNS510
  • 7L6057680A Radio-Navigationssystem RNS510

Installation Instructions (high quality PDF) – 1.2mb – volkswagen_mdi_5N0057342

Installation Instructions

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